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Wrights rewards - the Wrights celebrated their annual Choosing Dinner, chaired by newly-installed Deacon John Walker, with 130 attendees treated to a great evening, one of the highlights being a prizegiving ceremony for Craftex and School Craft winners. John introduced the segment by commending the sterling efforts of the people who helped bring Craftex to fruition - Ex Deacon of the Wrights Paul McDevitt and Ex Deacon of the Masons Graham Kelly, who are joint coordinators. Honourable mention also went to dinner guest George McNeillie, Curriculum Head at City of Glasgow College, for his great contribution to the Trades House initiative. The Wrights’ Director of Education, Ex Deacon Alex Graham, himself heavily involved as a front-line Craftex committee member, offered a humorous and highly informative insight into the whole experience. 

SKINNERS The Skinners are getting set to celebrate 500 years - as an incorporated craft on 28 May 2016. To mark this momentous occasion, plans are well under way to ensure the milestone does not pass by unmarked. A Quincentenary Committee, chaired by Deacon Kim Macintyre, has been tasked with establishing a calendar of activity and raising funds. Activity has been planned for the bank holiday weekend, 27–29 May 2016, including a civic reception in the City Chambers and a ceilidh in the Trades Hall. The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra will perform at a celebratory concert during June 2016. Further information regarding the Craft’s celebratory activity will follow in the coming months. The Quincentenary Committee formally launched its fundraising activities at the Deacon’s Choosing Dinner in early November, where there was a draw with a wide variety of prizes including a luxury hamper of wine and new season lamb worth £350, donated by John M Wight & Son, and two days angling on the North Esk. 

Deacon John Walker and George McNeillie (centre left), Curriculum Head at City of Glasgow College, with the prizewinners

Having won the prestigious Gold Medal for his Live Edge table at Craftex, Joseph Gray of City of Glasgow College earned recognition from the Wrights in the Furniture Advanced category for his exceptional craftsmanship. In the Furniture Non-Advanced category, the honours went to Martyna Pietrzyk, another City of Glasgow student, for her Wading Angler Bird Plaque. In a triple win for the College, Mark Peters, was first in the highly competitive Glazing Advanced category for his hugely impressive Roll-up, Roll-up stained glass window. Glasgow Clyde College student, Ryan Gibson, won the Stringed Instruments Advanced Category for his guitar named Big Barry, which also accompanied him on the night.

In tandem with fundraising activity, the Master Court is on target to increase membership to five hundred by 28 May 2016 to celebrate its five hundredth year. The Craft is ready and waiting to welcome new members - application forms are available from Clerk Neil M Hedrick by emailing


For more than 25 years, the Incorporation of Gardeners has sponsored the Let Glasgow Flourish Awards, which encourage commercial premises within the city to enhance “our dear green place” with window boxes, hanging baskets and other forms of floral displays. The awards ceremony in the Trades Hall saw Victoria Park Kindergarten, a children’s nursery in Whiteinch, awarded the prestigious Robertson Silver Spade. As he steps down from office, LGF Convener Brian Atkinson deserves special mention for his organisational efforts over many years. Pauline Bell takes over the role from Brian.

Although unable to attend the dinner, Derek Ralston of St Mungo’s Academy was awarded in the School Woodworking prize for his occasional table. Each prize winner was awarded a Wrights plaque, certificate and cash award.

As part of its educational programme, the Gardeners sponsor an annual lecture in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. This year’s lecture “Scottish Surgeons and Indian botanical art” combined the interests of surgeons and gardeners and was delivered by Dr Henry Noltie from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Pictured with Dr Noltie are Late Deacon Michael Mattey and Late Convener Hamish Brodie.

FLESHERS On Choosing Day in September, Brigadier Joseph d’Inverno was elected as the new Deacon of the Fleshers and Bill Gallacher as Collector. Membership scrolls and Burgess Tickets were presented to a number of new members, followed by lunch. The Deacon’s Choosing Dinner will be on Saturday 29 November in the Trades Hall, at which the charity to be supported will be the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum Appeal. Tickets are available from the Clerk Tom Monteith.

The Scottish Veterans Garden City Association was established in 1915 to provide homes for returning war veterans. It has around 600 homes in Scotland, with more than 90 in the Glasgow area, and receives no local authority or central government support. Glasgow Chairman is Michael Knox, a craftsman of the Gardeners. Awards for the best gardens in Glasgow saw Andrew Henderson take first prize. He and his wife are pictured with Deacon Hugh Hopkins and Deacon Convener Bishop Idris Jones. The Glasgow Allotment Forum held its Open Day and Awards Ceremony in October at the Pearce Institute, Govan. Deacon Hugh Hopkins is pictured with the New Plot Holders award winners, people who have often taken over unused, overgrown allotments, and performed amazing transformations.

Deacon Joseph d’Inverno, Late Collector Isobel d’Inverno with new members Alla Stepura and Roddy Sutherland

8 THE CRAFTSMAN November 2014

The Craftsman Issue 48  
The Craftsman Issue 48  

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